Sony Vaio laptop PCG6141L hard drive Need data retrieved

October 12, 2012 at 09:27:38
Specs: Windows 7
My sisters Sony Vaio laptop PCG6141L also has a failed hard drive that we cannot read. i even tried it on a seperate hard drive reader and it registers but it shows there is nothing on the drive and keeps asking me if i want to format it. (which i know will wipe it all out) Problem is she needs portfolio data off that hard drive. I have intermediate experience with computers and have been able to retrieve her data off past hard drives she has ruined, (i know) but this one has me stymied. I do hear the hard drive making noises when trying to read it on the hard drive reader so i know it isn't totally fried. I contacted a professional data recovery service and they wanted $500 to retrive the data. Not gonna happen. How else can i get the information off for her? thx

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October 12, 2012 at 10:31:26

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October 12, 2012 at 12:41:46
View the hard drive information while in Windows Disk Management. If the format states it is RAW then you can try to repair the partition information using a program called testdisk or the free version of Easeus partition recovery.

If all you need to do is recover some files then try a program called recuva. Below are links to all three programs.

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October 12, 2012 at 12:59:36
Thanks for the quick responses! i had heard of the freezer trick but was worried about condensation completely ruining the hard drive. I will try Recuva first and then maybe the freezer trick. A techie also suggested banging the hard drive a few times while connected to the hard drive reader. lol......desperate measures for desperate times. I will let you know if anything works. thx

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October 12, 2012 at 13:26:13
If the hard drive is being seen in Windows Disk Management then it must be rotating. Don't confuse a format issue with a mechanical issue.

If, in fact, there is a mechanical issue and the hard drive is NOT rotating then you wouldn't hear and sound coming from IT.

With the drive connected internally as a slave or in an external enclosure, go into Windows disk management and see if the hard drive show there at all. If so, post any and all information listed for that drive.

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